Was there another theory?
Cynically, onlookers might have suggested that the 60-year-old may have been looking for the £4m pay-off The Times initially reported about back in March. However, according to Edwards, that isn’t the case at all.
What did Edwards say?
Speaking on the Football Daily Podcast, The Telegraph journalist revealed that the idea of a pay-off was never in the 60-year-old’s mind.
“He [Bruce] was absolutely unequivocal in that it wasn’t about a pay-off,” he said.
“He just thought, with nine games left, he’s worked with the players for 20 months, he knows he can get more out of them.
“He wanted to stay and clear up this mess that he’d got them into.”
Will this change anything?
While Newcastle may well stay up given they sit three points above Fulham with a game in hand and have Callum Wilson to come back from injury, it’s hard to see Bruce ever being a popular figure on Tyneside. After the manner in which this season has gone, there has been unrest amongst swathes of supporters, with 95% of polled Chronicle readers suggesting they want him removed.
However, it is at least promising to see that there is a willingness to want to take some responsibility, which hasn’t always appeared to be the case this season.
Has anyone wanted the Newcastle job?
Last month, Nothing But Newcastle were exclusively told that former Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder was keen to take over at St. James’ Park but owner Mike Ashley was reluctant to cave into the pressure to sack Bruce after the embarrassing loss away at Brighton.